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  1. Thanks for the info. Mr T in France want €300 for both bits, so will now be trawling breakers yards to try and find a second hand unit.
  2. Passenger side of a rhd car. Cheers
  3. Can anyone help me in tracking down one of these. I'm in France and the Mr T garage claim that my model, the xt3, doesn't exist and they can't order me a replacement part. I'm looking for the complete mirror unit with electric motors and heated mirror, preferably with the cover painted in silver for a 2004 4.2 xt3 d4d, 5 door manual. I would also be really grateful if someone could send me a link to a guide for changing the wing mirror or give me some general tips on what's involved. Is the connector behind the triangular panel or do i have to remove the door card to get to it? Cheers in advance, LG
  4. It's a 54 plate xt3. I'll have a look for the part number tomorrow.
  5. I'm pretty sure that when i purchased my Rav4 it had a tow bar as i remember thinking how handy it could be. Last week i went to buy a trailer and was surprised to find that my tow bar was missing. I'm now trying to find the removable bit that fits this as i don't want to have to buy a whole new kit. The brand is Brink of Europe, but i don't know the model number. Anyone know if it's possible to purchase just the removable ball bit?
  6. I'm still having issues with it, but it's a lot better than before. I haven't had any vsc light come on for a while, and it is at least fairly consistent now with losing power at about 2500-2750 rpm in 5th and fuel economy suddenly going through the roof. That should make it easier for the garage to diagnose and fix, I just need to find the time to get it to a garage. Just wanted to add one more detail to help with online diagnosis by you wise and wonderful Rav 4 folk. When I put my foot down and the problem occurs, when I lift off I get a kind of judder from the engine, like you would get in a petrol car wihen it backfires. It's feels to me like the engine is flooded. The other thing is that I can hear the turbo whistle all the way up to when the problem starts and then it just stops. WEIRD :(
  7. I am beginning to think that it was a bad tank of fuel. I've since added a bottle of additive to try an clean out the injectors and am on my 3rd tank of fuel since the problem started and things seem to be improving. The thing that I really can't get my head around is the sudden loss of fuel efficiency when I get the power loss. I can be cruising along at 60 with the instantaneous mpg reading 45 and then just increase speed a tiny amount, get power loss and mpg drops to between 15 and 20 mpg. Could this be caused by an injector problem where the fuel is pouring in instead of being sprayed or an SCV problem where one of the valves isn't opening to boost fuel pressure and the low fuel pressure is causing the problem? My friend suggested it might be a fuel pump issue as his wife had exactly the same symptoms on her freelander, but again, why the loss of fuel efficiency? The garages are open again today, but I really need my car this week so I'm going to use it as it doesn't seem to have any problems if I stay below 2500rpm
  8. Looks like the threat of me taking a spanner to my Rav scared it into working for a few days. Today however the problem is worse, with really weird symptoms. My VSC light came on when I was idling. I now have very little power and it struggles whenever I put my foot down, no matter what speed or gear I'm in or how many revs I'm doing. Sometimes it will suddenly jump into life and will drive like normal for a few miles, then I'll suddenly lose power. What I find weird is that if it was something like egr or scv stuck then I wouldn't expect the sudden power loss (because if a valve was sticking open or shut why would it suddenly change position) that I'm experiencing. It feels much more like an intermittent electrical problem, but I can't see anything obvious and I've had a poke around with a multimeter. I don't think it's a fuel supply issue, because when it happens my fuel consumption goes through the roof, presumably something to do wuth the turbo not kicking in? Every garage still shut here in France and very reluctant to take it to mr T because all they do is read the code and tell me I need to change the turbo at a cost of €2000+, without any real investigation. Merry Christmas everyone!
  9. Anyone ever ordered scv's from alibaba? When I type part number 04221-27011 into google I get links to alibaba to what look like genuine scv's for a toyota. Seems like I could get them for about £100 delivered compared to hearly €300 for them in France.
  10. I'll get the SCV's off this weekend and give them a clean and hit them with 12 volts to see if it makes any difference. The weird thing is that it seems to be worse when the engine is warm. This morning on the way to work it let me get a little more power, so was able to get to 2750rpm in 5th and hit an eye watering 120km/h. On uphills when I need a bit of power it still cuts out below 2000rpm sometimes. As all the garages in france are now closed until about the middle of january I have to try and sort this out myself and really don't want to have to take my car to mr T.
  11. I replaced the fuel filter already and I've had the EGR off and given it a clean. Tried a tank of decent diesel and even some additive to see if that improves things, but it didn't. Last week before I changed the fuel filter I had a warning light and the code was something like fuel pump control, but I can't remember the exact code, maybe something like 6027. The guy at the garage thought it might have been the fuel filter, so that's why I changed it first. Don't really have the time or money to go back to the garage at the moment as i need my car for work.
  12. I've got a strange problem of being limited to 2500rpm in 5th gear. It revs fine all the way through 1st and 2nd, then limits power at 3000rpm in 3rd, 2500rpm in 4th and 2250rpm in 5th. I'm thinking maybe turbo issues, but hoping it's something cheaper like SCV. My fuel consumption has jumped massively as well. Not what I needed just before Christmas! Cheers for any suggestions.
  13. Hi all, I'm having the fairly common problem of loss of power/surging above 2250rpm. I have relatively recently had fuel filter and injectors changed, so don't think it's that. Today I removed and cleaned the EGR valve, which was quite black, but that didn't make a difference. On removing the EGR I noticed that the component next to it which has loads of small (air?) hoses going to it seems to have blown a gasket as their is black gunk all around it. I don't have a manual, so don't know what this component is, SCV maybe? Could this be causing my power issues? I'm waiting to finish the tank of fuel (not long at the rate I seem to be using it with this problem) because I noticed that the problem started a day after I filled up with some cheap supermarket diesel. Just hoping that it's not going to need a turbo change because I really can't afford it at the moment, so trying other things before taking it to a garage. Cheers, LG
  14. Thanks Anchorman, I'll have a look at that this weekend.
  15. The battery voltage is good and the voltage from the alternator is good. The battery was only changed about 5 weeks ago. I'm actually an aircraft avionics technician/electrician, but have no interest in cars whatsoever and always just take it to the garage if it goes wrong. Until I got my RAV 4, I've always had really reliable cars, but this D4D engine just seems to blow goats. I've tried waiting 5 seconds after the light goes out and it doesn't make any difference either. Is testing the glow plugs as simple as getting access to them and checking the resistance across it? If so, can someone tell me what resistance to expect for a good one and what's involved in taking the intercooler off to get to them? Cheers, LG
  16. I've tried waiting 30 seconds to see if that makes any difference, but it doesn't. I also noticed today that when it did finally start there was a bit of a funny smell, not sure if that's because of not enough fuel or too much fuel, but definitely a weird smell from the exhaust after start up. It was -5 overnight last night and only -1 when I started it this morning and it took me 3 attempts and a lot of cranking to get it started. All of this cranking is probably what killed my last battery! It really feels like a valve that is stuck (SCV?) because when it does finally kick into life it fires up nicely. If it is the glow plugs, how much would i be looking at to change them? I might just try getting them done anyway. I live in the French Alps and temps can sometimes get down to -25 overnight, so really want to get to the bottom of this before the really cold temps arrive. Cheers in advance, LG
  17. Winter is here again and my Rav 4 is becoming a right PITA to start. It's recently (in the last 7 months) had a new battery, new injectors and fuel filter change, so pretty sure I can rule all that out. Is the D4D engine renowned for being a bad starter in cold weather? Once it's started (usually takes a couple of tries and about 10 seconds of cranking) I can shut it down and it will fire up again straight away. Clutching at straws, but thinking it could be an oil problem and thinking of chanhing to a lower viscosity oil for the winter. Any help much appreciated.
  18. I just remembered that the garage that quoted me €1600 is also the one that told me that I needed a new turbo at a cost of €2500 about 18 months ago. Needless to say, I didn't get a new turbo and have since done 16k miles without any turbo problems. My Rav-4 is certainly turning out to be the most unreliable and costly car that I've ever owned!
  19. I've just been out this morning to just about every garage in my area and not a single one would allow me to supply the parts and pay them to fit the kit. The cheapest I've managed to get it down to for a service + timing belt / water pump change is €1200. I would be tempted to try and do it myself, but all of my tools are in the UK and I don't have access to a pit or lifter to be able to get under the car easily. I think I will probably just have to bite the bullet and fork out to get it done as I really need the car to not breakdown on me when we're off in Eastern Europe this summer. Mind you, it would probably be cheaper to wait and try and find a garage to do it in the Czech Republic or Poland.
  20. I think I've found the correct kit for my engine online for €185. It would be great if someone could confirm that this is the correct kit for my 2004 d4d engine. I asked the garage if they could do the work if i buy the parts and was told that they will only fit 'Genuine Toyota' parts. Twunts! Is this the correct kit? http://www.oscaro.com/pompe-a-eau-kit-de-courroie-de-distribution-skf-vkmc-91303-2708823-3096-p Cheers, Phil
  21. I've just been emailed the quote and I can see that most of that cost is actually for the parts. they want €800 for the cam-belt kit and €188 for the water pump. I don't buy into the whole 'Genuine Toyota Parts' thing, so I'm going to see if I can find a kit on the internet and get a different garage to fit it. I don't suppose anyone can point me in the direction of the correct kit for my engine? I've had a quick look and it appears that I can buy a kit with all the stuff for the timing belt and water pump for about £200. I don't want to risk buying the wrong kit, so would be good if there was a site where I can put in my VIN number and be 100% guaranteed to get the correct kit.
  22. Hello again. Following on from my rant about rubbish mechanics in Spain, this time it's France. Having just got home from Spain, I now need to give my car a good service before our summer European road trip. My 2004 Rav-4 D4d is about 10k miles overdue the 60k service, as I didn't want and didn't have time to get it done when I was working in Spain. Just been to my local Toyota garage to get a quote for the service + cam-belt and water pump change. I nearly fainted when they gave me the quote.... €1200 for the cam-belt/water pump and about €450 for the service. I'm no expert, but this seems ridiculously expensive. Surely I should be able to get this done for less! I don't suppose anyone knows of a good mechanic around the Chamonix area that could do it for less?? Cheers, Phil
  23. Just got back home after driving back via Seville to pick up all my stuff. My Rav 4 did something like 1400 miles over the course of 28 hours and didn't skip a beat, so I guess my new filter is working well! It's now going to a proper garage where I know the mechanics are capable and is going to get a good service, including cam belt and water pump change, before our summer European road trip around eastern Europe. I'm actually an aircraft technician by trade and am mechanically minded, I just hate cars and can't be bothered to do the work myself, but my recent experience is making me think twice and I might just have to start getting my hands dirty.
  24. I've just got back from holiday down near Malaga in Spain. My 2005 RAV 4 D4D had been slow to start for the last couple of weeks and I was waiting to get home to take it to a garage for them to have a look at the fuel filter as I suspected that I got a bad tank of fuel just around the time that it started playing up. Story goes like this: Sunday night, go to start car and it's a no-go. Wave down a passing tow truck to ask for a jump start as by this time I've killed the battery from numerous attempts at starting. Still no-go and so tow driver agrees to take me to a garage in the morning for €40. Monday Morning: Car gets towed to garage for 9 and they agree to look at it straight away as I need the car in the afternoon. I explain the problem and the symptoms and suggest that if they could just have a look at the fuel filter then I'm sure we can get it going again quite quickly. They try and start the car, look a bit bemused and then proceed to do nothing for the next hour apart from move cars around the garage. They then put the battery on charge and tell me they can't do any diagnosis until after lunch. Monday Lunch: I realise that I have breakdown cover with my insurance and that they might be able to get my car to a proper garage that actually might be able to fix my car. Call insurance and tell them that I have no confidence in this garage and could they move my car to a Toyota specialist. After lunch (4PM) I go back to garage to see what they've done and find that my engine is in bits and that he suspects it's my fuel pump, but needs a special computer to test it and can't get the computer until Tuesday. Monday Evening: I realise that the garage are a total bunch of twunts and telling me lies and so get the insurance company to agree to move my car in the morning. Tuesday Morning: Get a call from the insurance saying that the garage won't release my car until I pay for the diagnostic. Walk 3km to garage, have an argument with them in my best Spanglish and finally agree to pay €30 to get them to release my car. Tuesday Evening: Car now at Toyota garage, but apparently they can't fix it until Friday!!! Holiday ends on Thursday, so much calling of insurance company to try and sort out extra days of accommodation and transfers to the airport for family. Wednesday Morning: Call garage to find out that they can after-all look at my car this side of the next millennium and that it should be fixed today. I tell them again that I suspect it's the fuel filter because of the symptoms I've experienced. Wednesday Afternoon: Get a call to say the car is fixed! Hooray!!!! Ask If it was the fuel filter and get told that it was indeed a blocked fuel filter. Great, not too expensive then....... Oh no, not in Spain. Apparently they had to change some injector valves and an accessory belt as part of the diagnosis before they found the fuel filter fault, so now the total cost is €450. They can take the injector valves back out, but I would have to pay again for the man-hours to remove and refit the old ones. By this time, I've already wasted most of my holiday and just want my car back so that I can get out of Spain ASAP. In then end, it has ended up costing me 3 days, 2 garages and over €500 to get a fuel filter changed. No wonder the economy in Spain is buggered!
  25. I know that I was parked next to a 4.1 model the other day and I had a look at the wheels that were fitted and they were the same as my 2005 4.2 and they seemed to be a good fit. Not 100% sure though.
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